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The sharing economy's stronghold on New York City commerce has seeped its way into how people park their cars, as a new app that intends to alleviate the pain of looking for parking on crowded streets formally launched today. Unlike Uber, Lyft and Car2Go, which all focus on transporting pedestrians for a fee, the parking app SpotPog uses similar GPS technology to let users know when parking spaces free up, so those searching for...
The New York State Attorney General's Office released a long-awaited report today on the (il)legal status of Airbnb, the short-term apartment rental site that has come under scrutiny in recent months, and not only for its logo. The report found, among other things, that in 2013 more than 4,000 apartments in the city were hosting short-term Airbnb rentals for more than three months out of the year. Nearly 2,000 of those were rented for...
Bad news for umbrella men: The sharing economy has come for them. In the latest iteration of what has also been called (mostly by Margaret Eby and myself) the "stranger economy," an umbrella sharing app is seeking funding on Kickstarter. Called Umbrella Here, the app functions as a small, light-up plastic donut placed on the pointed tip of a user's umbrella, which alerts nearby umbrellaless Umbrella Here users of its availability. Umbrella Here is...
Amid reports of accidental orgies and its apparent popularity with prostitutes, Airbnb has continued its PR blitz undaunted, releasing a steady drip of data about its benefits to the city, most recently its potential contribution of $21 million worth of tax money, if only the city would just help us help you and change the law that only allows actual hotels to collect and pay occupancy taxes. Seems like a logical move, but according...

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